Extinction

Definition:

Extinction is a strategy based on applied behavior analysis that is used to reduce or eliminate unwanted behavior. Extinction involves withdrawing or terminating the positive reinforcer that maintains an inappropriate interfering behavior. This withdrawal results in the stopping or extinction of behavior. The interfering behavior is likely to increase in frequency and intensity (extinction burst) before it is extinguished as the learner seeks to elicit the reinforcers previously provided. Extinction is often used with differential reinforcement to increase appropriate behaviors while discouraging the use of inappropriate behaviors. - National Professional Development Center

Goals:

• Define extinction

• Identify the steps for implementing extinction

• Locate resources


Autism
Online Course, Self-directed

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Registration Closes: 9/1/2025
Ends: 10/1/2025 11:59 pm
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